Traditional Braces in Chestnut Hill, MA

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What are Traditional Braces?

Traditional orthodontic braces are one of the best ways to align teeth and prevent oral health concerns that can be caused by teeth that are out of alignment. Braces can help patients of all ages get their teeth, jaw, and lips in the proper alignment to ward off tooth decay, chronic pain, gum disease, trouble chewing, and speech difficulties. Orthodontic treatments can also correct teeth that are overcrowded, protruding, or unevenly spaced, as well as crossbites, underbites, overbites, and jaw problems. Although braces are generally linked to younger patients, Chestnut Hill Dental in Chestnut Hill, MA can help patients of all ages get a healthier, more attractive smile.

Am I an Ideal Candidate for Traditional Braces?

Braces can be fitted on any patient regardless of age. The primary concern when determining whether or not to move forward with metal braces is the state of the gums. Gum disease must be treated before any braces can be attached to the teeth. Therefore, if you've been suffering from swollen gums, bleeding when brushing your teeth, loose teeth, or gaps between your gums and teeth, you should consult with a periodontist before receiving braces. If your gums are in good health and one of the following conditions apply to you, you may be a good candidate for braces:

  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Overbite
  • Overjet
  • Underbite

How do Traditional Braces Work?

Metal braces are personalized based on the patient's goals and concerns. The length of treatment will vary, depending on the complexity of the patient's unique case, but younger patients tend to take less time and the patient will often avoid other oral concerns. Metal braces are small brackets that are fastened to each tooth and are then connected with wires that gradually move the teeth into their correct position. Patients should return for monthly appointments in order to have the progress of their braces and teeth evaluated by our team of dentists until the braces are ready to be removed. While wearing braces, the patient may find it more difficult to floss and brush their teeth, but it is essential to follow a proper home care routine and keep the teeth well-maintained during the orthodontic treatment.

What Can I Expect After Clear Braces are Removed?

Once the braces are detached, the patient will usually be provided with a retainer to wear that will deter the teeth from shifting back to their original position. A retainer can be attached to the back of the teeth or created as a removable mouthpiece, depending on the patient's lifestyle and preferences. Patients should continue a good home dental care routine, including daily brushing and flossing, as well as scheduling regular appointments for dental cleanings and dental examinations.

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Let Your Smile Reflect the True You

A stunning smile begins with properly aligned teeth that ensure your teeth, lips, and jaw can function at their best. No matter your age, ask our dentists about your orthodontic options and discover minor concerns that may develop into bigger issues — including periodontal disease, jaw pain, headaches, and tooth decay — without orthodontic treatment. Thanks to modern advances and selections in traditional braces, our dentists at Chestnut Hill Dental can help you have your best smile yet.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.